I’m organising a trip to Lough Hyne for the first weekend in February (2–3 February) to get trainees through their first open-water dives (and maybe get outside some pizza and beers in Jacob’s and Bushe’s). It’s going to be cold, but it should be a good laugh. The sooner you start doing your open-water dives, the sooner you’ll be certified and able to start doing the more challenging and more interesting stuff, so it’s well worth your while to make it down if you can.
At the moment the plan is to head down to Lough Hyne early on Saturday 2 February, spend the night in Baltimore, and return to Cork on Sunday evening. I’ll put together a more concrete plan when I have a better idea of numbers.
Certified divers are also welcome, of course, although on the day we’ll need to give priority to trainees when it comes to tanks and club equipment.
To dive, you need to satisfy the following requirements:
- You must be completely paid up;
- you must have completed the medical assessment;
- you must have logged at least 3 open-water snorkels; and
- you must have finished both the snorkel and scuba training by 1 February.
If you haven’t yet logged your open-water snorkels, you’re welcome to come down to Lough Hyne and do them over the weekend.
Diving in Lough Hyne requires a permit (it’s a marine reserve). The permit is free. I’m attaching a copy of the permit application form, which you will need to fill out. It’s a Microsoft Word document with text boxes where you can fill in information. It’s fairly straightforward. I need you to complete the following sections:
- section 1 (your name);
- section 2 (your address);
- section 3 (your phone number); and
- section 12 (the name and address of your doctor and the dates for which your medical certificate is valid; see below).
You also need to fill in the date and insert an image of your signature on both page 2 and page 4. You can scan your signature in or (probably easier) take a photo with your phone, upload it to your computer, and insert it. I know you can do this without me. I believe in you.
If you are under 35, your medical certificate is valid until your 35th birthday. If you are between 35 and 55, your certificate is valid for 3 years from the date the assessment was performed. You are not 55 or older.
If there’s a problem with the attachment, you can download the application form from my Dropbox: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/44723483/lough-hyne-permit-blank-feb-13.doc
If you’re interested, get in touch. The number of trainees we can take will be limited and most likely on a first-come-first-served basis, so don’t put it off. We can talk money/lifts/logistics closer to the date.